5/7: Rhinos vs Carroll County Cannons
Hanover is riding a 210:22 scoreless streak after being shutout in three consecutive games. It’s only the second time in team history that the Rhinos have been shutout in consecutive games, with the other time occuring 3/24-3/31/2012. The opponents in those games were the Maryland Phantoms and Carroll County.
WHEN & WHERE: Saturday at 1:00 PM, Manheim Adventure Park, 4565 Camp Woods Rd, Glenville, PA 17329.
WEATHER FORECAST: 63 degrees and cloudy. Humidity: 66%, precipitation: 15%. Wind: 5 MPH.
SERIES HISTORY: Tied, 3-3. The Rhinos have outscored Carroll County 115-104. The teams have split two games in Hanover.
LAST MEETING: Hanover took an 8-6 lead into halftime at Carroll County Sports Complex on 4/9. Alex Isennock’s leaping touchdown with 22 seconds left in the first half accounts for last Hanover score before the current shutout streak. Carroll County rallied to an 18-8 win on the strength of an offensive touchdown by Timothy Harrison, and a defensive touchdown by T.J. McCauley.
COACHING CHANGE: Assistant coach Noah Sneeringer has been named interim head coach for the remainder of the 2016 season, replacing Ben Davis, who was 1-6 in his first season. Sneeringer is the sixth head coach in Rhinos history.
A 2010 graduate of local Delone Catholic high school, Sneeringer played varsity football for three seasons. A center and defensive tackle, he recorded a career-high 63 tackles and 2 sacks as a senior in ’09. He played in the PIAA District III class AA championship game, and recorded a sack of Lancaster Catholic quarterback Kyle Smith. In his junior year opener in ’08, he recovered a fumble and lumbered 15 yards for a touchdown against Millersburg. Sneeringer also wrestled for the Squires.
Sneeringer will attempt to become the fourth Hanover Rhinos’ head coach to win his opener. The others to do so are Shane Houser, Jimmy Moffitt, and Ben Davis.
Rhinos’ co-owner Adam Bostian is the new defensive coordinator.
PLAYOFF SCENARIO: Carroll County’s tragic number is two, or three, depending on which scenario you choose. A loss by the Cannons and a win by York eliminates Carroll County. Two wins by York and a win by the Maryland Phantoms also eliminates Carroll County.
RHINOS’ OUTLOOK: Another week, another shutout loss. This time, the defense felt the pain as well, as they gave up a team-record 67 points to the Silver Bullets.
York ran 28 plays, and scored on 10 of them, while Hanover managed to wrestle the opposing ball-carrier to the ground just 12 times.
As a result, Jeremy Renoll posted only four tackles, his season-low, but he remains third in the league in stops. The pass-rush saw an uptick in pressure, despite not registering a sack for the third straight week. Joseph Wysocki, Jeremy Knaub, David Long, and Greg Ginter each hurried York quarterback Bob Moore once.
The big news last week was a switch at quarterback for the Rhinos. Alex Isennock took over for Jordan Gardner, who moved to tight end. Isennock’s first-ever game at quarterback at any level had its moments. He scrambled for 25 yards, while going 5-of-20 for 55 yards. He threw one interception, but it was the first time Hanover threw less than two picks in a game since week one against Franklin County.
SCOUTING THE CANNONS: Carroll County has played four games against teams with 1 win or less. It has squeaked out a 4-0 record in those games, by an average margin of 8.8 points. The Cannons have lost their three games against teams with winning records by an average of 33 points.
Last week, the Cannons earned their most-lopsided victory of the season, beating Franklin County 20-7 on the road, behind 145 yards rushing by Timothy Harrison.